Daily Devotions: September 12, 2014
Today’s Bible reading is Colossians chapter 4
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Paul was a people person. All of his relationships were Christ- centered. In the last chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians he names at least eleven different people. Paul realized that he needed people if he was going to serve the Lord. It takes people working and serving together to build a church and to bless the world with the Gospel message. Paul needed people to pray for him. He said, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.” (Colossians 4:2-4 NLT) Paul needed people to partner with him. He referred to Tychicus as a “beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord.” (Colossians 1:7) He referred to others as “fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” (Colossians 4:11) Paul needed people who were personal to him. His friends shared a closeness, and a passion to advance the kingdom and make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul’s friends were compatible. They each had the church’s best interest at heart. They each had the same convictions and believed the same truth. From those who loved Jesus, to those who labored for Jesus, to those who were locked up for Jesus, Paul’s list of friends proves that people need people.
Prayer: “Dear Father, we thank You for the people in our lives who are a special blessing to us. May we each be a friend and also have a friend in the Lord. Please send faithful people to minister along side of us. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron